quote – boudoir morality

“What do Americans know about morality? They donít want their presidents to have penises but they donít mind if their presidents covertly arrange to support the Nicaraguan rebel forces after Congress has restricted such aid; they donít want their presidents to deceive their wives but they donít mind if their presidents deceive Congress–lie to the people and violate the peopleís constitution! … boudoir morality takes less imagination, and can be indulged in without the effort of keeping up with world affairs”

— from John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meaney